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They Came to Cordura (1959)

 -  Adventure | Drama | History  -  June 1959 (USA)
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

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Complete credited cast:
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Major Thomas Thorn
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Adelaide Geary
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Sgt. John Chawk
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Lt. William Fowler
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Cpl. Milo Trubee
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Pvt. Andrew Hetherington
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Pvt. Renziehausen
Robert Keith ...
Colonel Rogers
Carlos Romero ...
Arreaga
Jim Bannon ...
Capt. Paltz (as James Bannon)
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Colonel DeRose
Maurice Jara ...
Mexican Federale
Sam Buffington ...
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Arthur Hanson ...
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After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Slashing Story of a Desert Warrior Who Fought His Way From HELL TO GLORY !


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Dick York suffered a back injury during the filming of this movie and never fully recovered from it. Continuing back problems forced him off of the TV show Bewitched (1964) in 1969 and effectively ended his career. He spent his last years in poverty. See more »

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Major Thorn improperly salutes Colonel DeRose in the opening scene when he dismissed. He should have saluted and held his salute until it was acknowledged. Instead, he lowers his arm even before Colonel Rose acknowledges it. See more »

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Adelaide Geary: Heroes? Saints living in the desert? My God, they tried to rape me! And blackmail you! It's a wonder they haven't shot you already! No, Thorne, they're only men - and damned poor specimens at that!
Major Thomas Thorn: I have less right than any man on earth to judge them.
Adelaide Geary: Or to judge yourself either.
Major Thomas Thorn: [pauses] You may be right, what you say. They're human beings. But they're more than that. They have one thing in them that is a miracle and a mystery. It redeems them. They don't know what it is themselves, but they ...
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A great movie
16 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A really good movie. Ultimately a redemption movie. Heroes can also be villains. A single act of cowardice or an act of courage does not mark the measure or the destiny of a man.

Also, confidence in people can change them and reform them.

The acting is superb throughout, and Gary Cooper captures wonderfully the gradual decline as he leads his motley crew on a trek to survival through the desert. An heroic performance to match the hero he portrays.

This is movie that deserves more acclaim than it has received.

In my book this is a must see. Great fare for Sunday afternoon on the couch!


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